Category archives: From the Field

Fly-Cruise Confidential: An interview with the President of Quark Expeditions

There is probably no bigger and more passionate fan of all things Quark Expeditions than our CEO Hans Lagerweij.  Fresh from his first experience aboard one of our Antarctic Express voyages, we sat down to chat with Hans about the fly-cruise program and hear him tell the tale of another Quark “first” achievement in Antarctica!    Name: Hans Lagerweij Job title: CEO (Chief “Experience” Officer) Trip Name:  Antarctica Express fly-cruise Pre-post [...]

Stay Safe With Quark Expeditions

When you book your next voyage with Quark Expeditions, you can rest assured that you are traveling with one of the most responsible and safety-conscious companies in the Polar expeditions industry. In December 2012, Quark became the first (and only) expedition cruise company in the world to complete a third party health and safety assessment. Quark successfully demonstrated conformity to the highly respected British Standard BS 8848, in an evaluation [...]

 
 
 

Antarctic Shake

This just in! The Quark office staff has just received this video from our Expedition Team on the Sea Spirit. Check out that Antarctic Shake! This time…it’s NOT just the Drake Passage. Thanks to the team on the Sea Spirit for putting together this video…you made our day!   

100 Years Later with Shackleton and Scott

“Excuse me… Jonathan? Falcon? I’m Karine from Quark!” That’s how I met Jonathan Shackleton and Falcon Scott for the first time. I wasn’t expecting to meet them until we boarded the ship, but as it turned out I was standing next to them on a shuttle bus from the airport terminal to the plane headed to Ushuaia. It was Friday, February 8, 2013. I’d been speaking with and emailing Jonathan [...]

NBC's Kerry Sanders reports from Antarctica

Kerry Sanders, Today and NBC News correspondent, was on Quark’s Antarctic Explorer voyage on the Ocean Diamond from  February 9-19, 2013. Watch the clip now below: See all NBC Videos here: Journey to the bottom of the earth     For more videos from NBC’s Antarctic journey with Quark Expeditions, click here.

Antarctica with Chris

Name: Chris McFarlane Job title: Expedition Coordinator on the ship, Assistant Manager of Expedition Operations in the office Trip Name: Explorers and Kings, Classic Antarctica and Antarctic Explorer Pre-post night city: Ushuaia Ship name: Sea Adventurer Date of Travel: 11/8/2012 – 1/4/2013 1. Describe your travel style? While I would also consider myself an adventurer, it is the search for knowledge and understanding of our planet, and the different cultures [...]

Snow Day? 'SNo big deal at Quark Expeditions

We’re in the midst of a February winter storm here at the Quark Expeditions! What does the leader in polar adventures do when the weather outside is frightful? We enjoy it! A bunch of our office staff got together at lunch today and went for a refreshing “polar plunge” of sorts at the park outside the office. It’s not quite Antarctica or the Arctic, but it will do! Check out the video [...]

Antarctica through the eyes of a first-timer

When it comes to booking your Quark Expeditions trip, our Polar Travel Advisers are top notch. They can guide you through the entire booking process and answer every question you can possibly think of! Why? Because they’ve been in your shoes; a first time polar adventurer, brimming with anticipation and excitement! That’s why we asked one of our PTA’s, Naomi, to tell us a little about her Quark Expeditions voyage to Antarctica. [...]

Frequently Asked Questions

We asked Polar Travel Adviser Naomi to give us a list of the most commonly asked questions that Quark passengers ask. She’s listed them here with her answers - thanks Naomi!   Q. Is there an age restriction? A. Quark Expeditions welcomes passengers aged 8 years old or above on any Quark vessel. Children under the age of 16 at time of travel require a waiver signed by a parent or guardian prior [...]

24 Hours in Ushuaia

Editor’s Note: If you are planning a visit to Antarctica, you’ll find yourself making your way to Ushuaia, Argentina, commonly referred to as the “southernmost city in the world”. This is the city where many of Quark’s Antarctic voyages depart from.  We asked Angela Buchberger, our Merchandise Manager to tell us a little about “Fin del Mundo” (the “End of the world”), and she offered up some fantastic travel tips. Ushuaia has [...]